Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NAIS Annual Conference 2011

Here is a summary listing of all my liveblogs for the NAIS Conference.

Thursday 8am iTunes U

Thursday 9:30 Opening General Session Sheena Iyengar

Thursday 12:00 The Give and Get of Global

Thursday 3pm Dan Heath

Friday 8am Blogging Heads

Friday 9:30 am Independent Matters

Friday 11:30 The College Work Readiness Assessment

Friday 1:30 Leading from the Middle

Friday 3:00 Geoffrey Canada

Friday 11:30 The College Work Readiness Assessment

The College Work Readiness Assessment: An Excellent Outcomes Measurement

The CWRA test does a fine job of measuring the value added outcomes that matter most: critical thinking, written communication, and creative problem solving.

Friday 3pm Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada, Creating Success for All Children

Passionate author and advocate for education reform, Geoffrey Canada is president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, Inc. (HCZ), which The New York Times Magazine called "one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time." Nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, Canada was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report.

Friday 1:30 pm Leading from the Middle with Patrick Bassett

Leading from the Middle

This session is led by Patrick Bassett. The president of NAIS explores the leadership role for anyone who doesn't have the ultimate power in an organization: How can one "lead from the middle"? Three principles in particular are: 1) Starting a movement: the importance of cultivating followers; 2) Sources of power (other than position); 3) Keeping the monkey on your back.

This was a not-to-be-missed session for me. I haven't added the Twitter feed to this liveblog since I expect many of the tweets will come out from other sessions.

Friday 9:30 am Independent Matters

Independent Matters

This general session features a panel of three distinguished speakers, Elizabeth Coleman, President of Bennington College, Salman Kahn, founder of Kahn Academy, and Anya Kamenetz, education futurist. You can read brief, informative and fascinating bios of all three speakers on the NAIS Conference website. I'll be threading the twitter stream from the conference through this liveblog as well. I expect some high powered tweets!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 24 3-4:30 pm Dan Heath

Dan Heath is the author of Made to Stick and Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard. See a brief synopsis in the video below

February 24 1:30 -2:30pm Speed Innovating

This session is going to be hard to live blog. I'll put some notes here though. Here's the session description:

Join independent school movers and shakers at the new Speed Innovating session! Maximize information and idea gathering when you attend three mini-sessions in one. The new NAIS Speed Innovating format allows you to choose the three topics that meet your needs best. Twenty presenters will sit at their own tables, leaving room for nine attendees to sit down and learn from the experience of an independent school colleague. Designed for school leaders, these intimate, 10-minute, information-packed "dates" will dispense with the small talk and background of an issue, and instead focus on the important themes, details, problems -- and solutions. After 10 minutes of inspiring ideas, you'll move on to a second speaker who will share insight on your next favorite topic. You'll get to sit down with a total of three innovative speakers who can address your most pressing needs. The cutting-edge ideas you'll take back to school will prove invaluable.

February 24, 9:30-11am Sheena Iyengar-The Art of Choosing

The opening session with Sheena Iyengar (see bio and TED talk below).

From TED:

We all think we're good at making choices; many of us even enjoy making them. Sheena Iyengar looks deeply at choosing and has discovered many surprising things about it. For instance, her famous "jam study," done while she was a grad student, quantified a counterintuitive truth about decisionmaking -- that when we're presented with too many choices, like 24 varieties of jam, we tend not to choose anything at all. (This and subsequent, equally ingenious experiments have provided rich material for Malcolm Gladwell and other pop chroniclers of business and the human psyche.)

Iyengar's research has been informing business and consumer-goods marketing since the 1990s. But she and her team at the Columbia Business School throw a much broader net. Her analysis touches, for example, on the medical decisionmaking that might lead up to choosing physician-assisted suicide, on the drawbacks of providing too many choices and options in social-welfare programs, and on the cultural and geographical underpinning of choice. She's just published her first book, The Art of Choosing, which shares her research in an accessible and charming story that draws examples from her own life.

February 24 12-1pm.The Give and Get of Global: How to Make Everyone a Winner

Two senior professionals from schools with years of experience in creating a global community will interact with two of their students (one international, one national). Discuss practical logistics, orientation, home stays, bringing cultures, host families dynamics, long-term personel, and school benefits. Audience participation is a critical ingredient and valued.
PRESENTERS: Meg Moulton, ASSIST (MA); Blake Spraggins, Maret School (DC); Hart Roper, St. Albans School (DC); ASSIST students

iTunes U February 24 8am

Learn how your school can participate in the NAIS iTunes U site. Discover the benefits for your faculty, students, and marketing efforts of your school's image. Our iTunes U site showcases examples of great teaching and great learning, for the advantage of all.

PRESENTER: Demetri Orlando, Buckingham Browne & Nichols (MA)